ace of aces

Updated 11/14/2008

2008 WBC Report  

 2009 Status: pending December Membership Trial Vote

George Deutsch, MD

2006-08 Champion

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Event History
2004    Bruce Young     48
2005     Richard Irving     33
2006    George Deutsch     33
2007     George Deutsch     41
2008     George Deutsch     29
 Laurels

 Rank Name              From  Last  Total
   1. George Deutsch     MD    08     60
   2. Richard Irving     CA    08     36
   3. Bruce Young        SC    07     26
   4. Grant LaDue        NY    08     24
   5. Chris Villeneuve   MI    08     22
   6. Doug Porterfield   VA    07     14
   7. Dan Lawall         WA    06     14
   8. Michael Schoose    IL    06     12
   9. Phil Barcafer      PA    05     12
  10. Paul Weintraub     MD    04      8
  11. Craig Yope         MI    08      6
  12. Bill Ashbaugh      NY    07      6
  13. Ray Stakenas Sr    MI    05      6
  14. Kevin Brown        GA    06      4
  15. Ray Stakenas Jr    MI    05      4
  16. James Pei          TX    04      4
  17. David Zande        MI    08      2

2008 Laurelists                                           Repeating Laurelists 

Grant LaDue, NY
2nd

Chris Villeneuve, MI
3rd

Craig Yope, MI
4th

Richard Irving, CA
5th

David Zande, MI
6th


Past Winners

Bruce Young, SC
2004

Richard Irving, CA
2005

George Deutsch, MD
2006-08

 

 

 The tiered seating of the Hopewell Room depicts altitude advantage?

 A late night Circus heat allows fliers to congregate for some chance encounters.

Snoopy's Roof Needs Patching Again ...

The 2008 Ace of Aces tournament had more than its share of excitement, some of it even took place during the games.  The four scheduled Circuses allowed new players to enter and learn to fly.  One such quick learner was David Zande, who was able to shoot down reigning champion George Deutsch during his first session after learning the game. That's more than most of us have accomplished the last three years! Quick to learn and quick to play.

The late night Circuses were less populated this year, probably due to competition with the ever-growing nightcap events, like Can't Stop.  Still, during the week, nearly 30 pilots took off and found entertainment in battling with rotary engines.

The last Circus on Friday saw several of the regulars and others flying an extended session to reach the requirement of 15 dogfights.  This group included two of the three previous champions, Bruce Young and George Deutsch (a two-time champ), and other laurelists, including Grant LadDue and Chris Villeneuve.  With several needing additional dogfights, the Circus carried over and the dogfights continued late into the night.  

Prior to the Final on Saturday, a medical emergency knocked the GM out of commission, causing him to miss the Final.  This required some scurrying to round up an emergency GM to track down the paperwork and setup a Final. A big thank you to Rex Lehman, our resident paramedic and to John Clarke for accompanying me to the hospital. All was fine by that evening (albeit too late for the AOA Final).

Nevertheless, George Deutsch, Grant Ladue, and Chris Villeneuve appeared to contest the reconstituted Final.  They and the replacement GM decided to fly two games versus each other pilot, best record wins.  

Here is a description of the Final in the words of pilot Grant LaDue:

"I started out by shooting down Chris 6-0.   As I recall it was three quick point blank shots and it was over.  Quickest match of the tournament for me.

Next came the epic duel!  George and I faced off. I've never even managed to threaten George, so I needed to pull something out of the bag.  As I recall, we exchanged a mid range shot for 1-1, then I surprised him to go up 3-1.  Eventually we worked our way through a long duel to get at 5-4 with me up.  We came down to a position where I think you only have two good choices to play.  I chose one and George guessed correctly and shot me down 6-5!!!!   I'm pretty sure that if I'd have chosen the other move, I would have gotten the point blank shot on George to win.  Sadly for me, the whole tournament revolved around that decision.

George shot down Chris (score unknown) to complete the first round.  I shot down Chris in our second match 8-6.  We did a "page 20" to get to 6-6 and had to continue on to determine the winner.  This match took a while too.   This locked up at least 2nd place for me.

George then beat me 6-3 in one of our more usual firefights to seal the win.We gave George a t-shirt from the box that had been located, and tossed in $10 to get a shirt for myself.  I finished in 2nd place two years in a row, so I guess I can claim to be the second best WBC Ace of Aces player.  Sadly, no 2nd place plaque is available!

Congratulations to George Deutsch for repeating as the Ace of Aces champion. Additional thanks to Grant for providing a review of the Final so that it could be placed in this report.

2004 champ Bruce Young (left) gets in a qualifying sortie at the Demo table as aces congregate outside Paradise looking for duels.

Three-time champ George Deutsch (left) battles Chris Villeneuve (right) as Grant LaDue waits to pounce in the round robin playoffs.

 The Teen Social hour drew 14 youngish pilots who flew 15 sorties to crown Dave Pack the best of the next generation of aces. He was followed by Daniel Pappas, Pam Gutermuth, Zack Dunn, Rob Hausch and Brady Wade in that order.
 GM      Doug Porterfield  [3rd Year]   NA
   dporterfield@rhsmith.umd.edu   703-369-3235

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